Clipped From Baxter Bulletin
YORK, Pennsylvania - Ablack woman who watched a white mob kill her sister during race riots nearly a half-century ago in Pennsylvania — and had t o wait over 30 years for justice — has died. Hattie Dickson died of natural causes Monday at York Hospital, said Lucy Gladfelter, of Gladfelter Funeral Home. She was 70. L ong-simmering racial tensions in York erupted in v iolence in the summer of 1 969. O n July 18, 1969, white p olice officer Henry S chaad was shot and killed. F our days later, Dickson Dickson was behind the wheel when a mob of armed white youths confronted h er family after their car g ot stuck at a railroad c rossing. Her 27-year-old s ister, Lillie Belle Allen, got out of the car to take the wheel from a fright- e ned Dickson, and was gunned down by the mob. Allen was a 27-year-old m other of two from Aiken, S outh Carolina, and was in York visiting her sister. H er killing went unpunished unpunished until prosecutors reopened reopened the case in 1999. Eventually, 10 white m en were charged, includ- i ng York’s mayor at the t ime of prosecution. Two w ere convicted of second- degree murder, seven others others pleaded no contest or g uilty to lesser charges, and former York Mayor Charlie Robertson was ac- q uitted. D ickson, her surviving sister and Allen’s two child child ren were awarded a $2 million settlement from the city in 2005. It settled the lawsuit All All en’s family filed against Y ork and five former po- l ice officers. “ I thank God we’ve finally finally come to closure,” Dickson said at the time. S he’s survived by her children and many grandchildren, grandchildren, nieces and neph- e ws. Seeker of justice in sister’s racial killing dies ASSOCIATED PRESS BILL KALINA, YORK DISPATCH/AP Family attorney Harold Goodman leaves the York City Hall Dec. 6, 2005 with Hattie Dickson, center, sister of murder victim Lillie Belle Allen, and Allen’s daughter, Debra Grier, after a n ews conference in York, Pa.